What We’re Watching: Netflix’s “The Vietnam War” Is 18 Hours of Painful, Necessary Hell

Historical documentaries suck. Not because they’re long and boring, but because they’re too short, too uninformative, and full of lazy storytelling. Crappy documentaries make history feel intangible, as if the past is a fairy tale with a beginning, middle, and end. One of the few exceptions, as far as I can tell, is Ken Burn’s and Lynn Novick’s The Vietnam War.

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